Philadelphia May 18th 1800
I have received your kind letter of the 12 of this month, & wish you joy of your appointment, as superintendant of Stamps. Although the nomination, from a well-known circumstance, was a thing of some delicacy to me, I had great pleasure in taking on myself the responsibility of it, because from your local situation, it must be agreeable to you, & I had no doubt it would be your ambition, as well as your sense of duty, to do honor to the appointment.
I thank you for your obliging & polite invitation to your house. I shall have the pleasure to see you there within a short time—but as I am a very troublesome guest, I must be excused, from incumbering your family with such a confused embarrassment. My stay will be short. My regards to the family, and believe me, your friend & humble servant.
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.